Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Graduate assistant helping develop national database

Angelia Pulley, a graduate assistant in the William T. Young Library Reference Services Department, has been invited to participate in the development of an online national database at the University of California, Berkeley called The Living New Deal (http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu/), the first national survey of all New Deal public works and a general clearinghouse for information about the New Deal.

Angelia worked with Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, Assistant Provost and Adjunct Professor in History; Jennifer Bartlett, Head of W.T. Young Library Reference Services; Sandee McAninch, Regional Depository Librarian; and Mary McLaren, Government Documents, to help create an educational display for the UK Libraries’ Works Progress Administration archival materials last year. As part of the project, she created a research reflection blog (http://kywpa.wordpress.com) focusing on the WPA in Kentucky. Materials on the blog will be merged into The Living New Deal project’s national database and map.

Additional information about UK Libraries’ role as a Center of Excellence for WPA materials is available in the WPA Research Guide (http://libguides.uky.edu/wpa) and at UKnowledge, UK’s institutional repository, “Putting America Back to Work During the Great Depression: Preserving and Improving Access to the Works Progress Administration Records for the Future,” http://uknowledge.uky.edu/wpa/.

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